July 4th Movies: The best movies for your Independence Day celebration. Before the fireworks start, get the grill going and watch a bunch of movies themed for the 4th of July.
The 4th of July patriotic Americana movies:
Yadayada they're all Americana themed or on July 4th or close to it... here we go:
1 - The Patriot (2000) - America's turning point in the war for Independence against the Red Coats (the British). Heath Ledger and Tom Wilkinson star. An appropriate movie to celebrate America becoming a nation.
2 - Jaws (1975) - It takes place on the 4th of July. A brilliant film with perfect dialog. If you can, watch it at the beach house. If you don't have a beach house, try the backyard baby pool. Either way, it's excellent. "Tomorrow's the 4th of July, and it's going to be one of the best... those beaches will be open."
3 - The Fourth of July (2022) Dark comedy directed by Louis C. K. Funny but twisted, about a man who reconnects with his family and confronts them on the 4th of July.
4 - Born on the 4th of July. (1989) Tom Cruise. A marine comes back from war with new views.
5 - Independence Day (1996) - for the Sci-fi lovers who want a little independence from an alien invasion.
6 - Glory (1989) The civil war depicted by Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and a giant cast.
7 - My Girl (1991) Dan Akyroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macauly Culkin. A heartfelt and poignant comedy on the 4th.
8 - The Music Man (1962) A great American musical.
9 - I Know What You Did Last Summer (1999) Horror on the 4th.
10- Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939). A piece of history, a memorable film. Black & white movie but worth the effort.
11 - Hamilton (2020). The Alexander Hamilton themed play comes to the big screen.
12 - A League of Their Own (1992). Maybe there's no crying in baseball, but what's more American than Madonna, Baseball and Apple Pie?
13 - American Pie (1999). Comedy worthy of a weekend watch. Or re-watch it again.
14 - An American Tail (1986) An award-winning animated feature about seeking the American dream.
15 - Uncle Sam (1996) Only for the horror fans who can handle a vet coming back from the dead. It won't play in Peoria, but it might play in your living room.
See also: The Top 10 Songs for the 4th of July
16 - National Treasure. (2004) Nick Cage takes you on a history lesson and a treasure hunt. It touches on some interesting pieces of our past.
17 - Captain American: The First Avenger (2011). Heroes can be patriots too, in red white and blue.
18 - Wonder Woman 1984, released in 2020.
19 - Grown Ups (2010) A star filled cast, family comedy for a weekend camp out. Kevin James and David Spade.
20 - Mad Families. (2017) Charlie Sheen. Uh, not the funniest but worth it for the few laughs and the weirdness. It does take place on the 4th.
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That's all we could put together from memory. Enjoy your picnic.
Those are the best 4th of July movies (we think) for your Independence Day Movie Marathon. Have a good one and don't get burned on the bottle rockets. We got what we could, missed a few... but that's the internet. It misses a lot.
Enjoy your July 4th movies.